Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #103 – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
104. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
This is just a beautiful song. Fortunately people are aware of it because it was nominated for an Oscar and because the story behind it is so touching. Glen Campbell, beloved musician, member of the Wrecking Crew, star of the original True Grit, mega-star with countless hits, gets dementia. And they make a documentary about his struggle with it and about his life, and he writes this song, which is just so beautiful. Thing about the message… he wrote a love song to his wife that’s also kinda cheeky. ‘I’m not gonna miss you’ refers to the fact that he’s got Alzheimer’s! And it takes a particular kind of tone to pull that off, and he does. He really does. It’s a really touching song and one I hope gets remembered as well as Campbell himself will.